The surprising fact is even a minor fender-bender or a small bump in the road can lead to the twisting of the axle. Sometimes, the problem could be the result of a worn out CV joint that you will find at the end of the axle.
A loose tire not only causes vibration but can also lead to major accidents. Tires that are out of balance or misaligned due to worn out tread or bad installation won’t let the vehicle to run straight on the road.
Lots of components could be in question if the vibration comes through the wheel. If the tires are fine, the wheel is the next item that should come on your diagnosis list. Loose or damaged wheel bearings could give your vehicle a good shake at higher speeds.
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Hardly anything can make a car more miserable to drive than a persistent shake. And it's not just annoying; over time the oscillations generated by imbalanced or worn parts can literally tear a car apart.
It's easy to exorcise demons for most cars with the obvious remedies, but others shake despite seemingly all attempts to cure them. What follows are some familiar and uncommon things that can make the best car develop the worst shake.
Most are universal, but a few apply specifically to our cars, at least to the combinations of parts that we used to build them. With few exceptions every shimmy diagnosis should start with a good wheel balance.
A classic example of an extreme static imbalance is a bucket swung on a rope. An equal amount of weight (a counterweight) applied at the inverse angle of the imbalance will statically balance a wheel.
In fact, it will achieve static balance whether the weight mounts to the wheel's face or backside. For reasons explained later, narrow wheels and tires respond best to static balancing.
It potentially moves the imbalance and counterbalance points further away from the wheel's centerline. In fact, doing that might actually make the wheel wobble as if it were mounted to a bent shaft.
However, as momentum increased each end would follow its respective imbalance point. On-car balancing addresses imbalances throughout the entire rotating assembly, tire, wheel, brake, hub, and all.
In fact, it'll eliminate the imbalance created by removing a counterweight from a Buick drum. But the worst shortcoming is availability; the machines and their operators got rare a long time ago.
They're just tiny balls (usually ceramic) that freely roll around inside the tire or, if equipped, tube. Ultimately the beads gather at the point opposite the imbalance until they amass enough weight to offset it.
At that point the wheel rolls true and the spare beads just distribute themselves equally along the inside of the tire. Like on-car balancers they affect only a static balance; however, they're available everywhere (mail order), don't cost much, transfer to new tires, and constantly correct imbalances over the life of the tire.
At low speeds a wheel rotates around its principle axis of inertia, its axle (blue line). Swing a bucket to experience the force a static imbalance can generate.
Imbalances away from the wheel centerline can generate an axis of rotation (red) irrespective to the axle itself (blue). A narrow wheel balanced statically can have all the counterweights on one side (usually backside).
But a wide wheel balanced dynamically requires weights on each plane with an imbalance, the face if one exists there. Imbalanced hubs, drums, and rotors nullify a wheel's balance.
Buick drums' weights may not be handsome, but they're not as ugly as the shake that results from removing them. Chris Sage at The Wheel smith noted a few things that prevent a wheel from rolling true.
However, early Ford disc wheels with the 5.5-inch pattern (and some of their reproductions) mount over a larger diameter than the Buick drum offers. Because most of the Buick-style drum covers maintain the same external dimensions they too suffer the same problem as I discovered on my own car.
If the wheel doesn't seat properly it possibly won't roll true. Sometimes an elusive shimmy or vibration stems from an improper wheel alignment.
What actually generates the stability is the relationship between the point where the SAI intersects the ground and the tire's contact patch. Most vehicles feature negative caster, meaning the tire follows the point where the SAI intersects the ground.
In fact, motorcyclists express this tracking-stability dimension by the distance that the tire “trails” the SAI where it intersects the ground. If conditions are just right the centering forces can volley the wheel rapidly left and right in a shimmy.
Motorcyclists have a more descriptive term for this too: Death wobble or tank slapper. Anyone who's experienced it in a car or on a bike can testify that it's terrifyingly scary, and it goes away only if you reduce speed dramatically.
It sounds like magic but when a wheel rolls these beads orient themselves inside the tire to counter imbalance. Because it's so close to the centerline a hub or axle flange bent even a tiny bit will make a wheel wobble like mad.
The Buick drums and their reproduction counterparts offer only 7 inches of mounting diameter. The correction is simple: the plates that Buffalo Enterprises makes extend the surface-mounting pad to 8 inches.
At 316-inch thick they won't deflect where unsupported by a small hub, drum, or rotor cover. Fingers point to where the edge of the mounting pads on Ford wheels dug in without them.
If the suspension deflects enough to let the geometry enter an unfavorable range then a wobble may follow. Last but far from least, driveshafts, since they spin several times faster than the drive wheels they're particularly capable of vibrating.
We'll let Steve Raymond at Nanotech Engineering Services explain a few essential things. And he's well versed; when the Big Three encounter persistent vibration issues they hire Nanotech to find and solve them.
Universal joints at an angle don't spin in a circle; they follow an ellipse that makes them speed up and slow down at various points. Without that little of movement the joints will run hot and wear out prematurely.
Here's a tip if your engine vibrates at certain speeds even when the car sits still: disassemble assemblies (like a torque converter from a flex plate), rotate one side (like the torque converter), and reassemble. You may do a reasonable job balancing each of the components, but small imbalances always remain,” he says.
In those cases find someone like my pal Bill Ross who trues tires. Wheel Centerline Caster Angle Trail We amplified the dimensions but this illustrates how the tire centerline (yellow) actually “trails” the point where the steering axis (red) intersects the ground.
Consider every wear point a potential culprit in a persistent wobble issue. Worn kingpins, ball joints, bushings, tie-rod ends, idler arms, strut rods, and even steering gears can let the geometry slip into the wobble zone.
It exists to take the edge off of the small impacts amplified by the gear lash in older steering boxes before they reach your hands.